By Admin • September 29, 2016 • Comments Off on Are drugs the best solution?
What do all men and women in addiction recovery across the nation – verily, the globe – have in common?
We are all extremely sick individuals.
While some of us seemingly adapt to early recovery as if we have been sober superstars for our entire lives, there are always several underlying issues that slowly bubble to the surface, wreaking eventual havoc on what was once deemed quite admirable sobriety. Some of us act out sexually, 13th stepping everything with legs and more than 4 hours clean. Some of us turn to compulsive shopping (hello), accumulating a wardrobe, um, some celebrity with a lot of clothes would envy while maxing out a disturbing number of credit cards and doing irreversible damage to our credit scores. Some of us find comfort in ice cream cake and Wendy’s; some of us begin hitting the gym a little too hard. All of these behavioral deficits, however, are forgiven and brushed under the rug as long as sobriety remains top priority. After all, as soon as we work the 12-steps thoroughly with a sponsor we will likely return to a state of spiritual wellbeing and contented totality that will allow us to shed these undesirable behaviors like a snake sheds its superfluous skins. But what happens when the distracting and provisional behaviors we sickos employ to cope with physical sobriety begin to involve chemical substances?
A disturbing new trend amongst males in recovery communities across the nation has begun to emerge – use of anabolic steroids in conjunction with a misguided dedication to recovery. Many steroid users will argue that because the drugs display no immediate or obvious mind altering affects, using steroids is in fact not a relapse and should not be considered thus. Let’s go ahead and smash that ridiculous assumption, shall we?
Anabolic steroids are used illegally to increase muscle, decrease fat, and optimize athletic performance while enhancing physical appearance. In many instances, men that begin using anabolic steroids (and are not professional athletes) may suffer from slight to severe muscle dysmorphia, and possess unrealistic perceptions of their physical appearances. For men in recovery from addiction, personal image frequently becomes a focal point of self worth. Perfectionistic qualities begin to surface when the shame-numbing substances are taken away, and feelings of worthlessness and failure emerge as one realizes what a shambles his life has become after years of drug abuse. The theory I am presenting is one of initial compensation turned addiction substitution. Going to the gym regularly turns into going to the gym daily, as concentrating on physical appearance and muscle growth serves as both a distraction and a means of increasing self-worth. Soon, perfectionism begins to chime in, suggesting that optimal results can be achieved through the use of anabolic steroids. The disease of addiction takes advantage of this opportune vulnerability in sober psyche and additionally suggests that steroids are not a relapse, no, of course they aren’t. Weakness in judgment combined with a desperate need for self-esteem and peer approval leads to regular steroid use – which, despite the most convincing efforts of one’s diseased voice, is indeed a relapse.
Anabolic steroids are addictive, and when use is ceased abruptly the user will undergo symptoms of withdrawal. Common signs of steroid addiction include cravings, needing larger amounts of the steroid to achieve the same effects, and continued use despite negative consequences. Sounds to me like… drug use. Because steroid use will repress normal testosterone production in the male body, the drug will also likely have severe physical consequences. These include decreased sperm count, shrunken testicles, baldness, and breast development. Acne, cysts, and oily skin are often experienced as well. Before you consider picking up steroids, consider the fact that a little dedication to your program of recovery will inevitably result in the deterioration of the uncomfortable, self-loathing feelings you may be harboring now. And regardless of what you may hear, there is ample evidence that supports the idea that steroid use absolutely qualifies as a relapse. What do you think? Please leave your feedback below.
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